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For the ninth straight year, The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine recognize Fox’s undergraduate and graduate programs for excellence in entrepreneurship
The Fox School of Business at Temple University ranks No. 11 nationwide for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs – making it the highest-ranked school in Greater Philadelphia – in a new survey by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur magazine. Fox’s graduate entrepreneurship program is ranked No. 20 out of the more than 2,000 programs reviewed.
Fox was evaluated on key criteria in areas of teaching entrepreneurship business fundamentals in the classroom, staffing departments with successful entrepreneurs, providing excellence in mentorship, and offering experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom.
“The Fox School of Business and the Temple Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute not only promote Temple University’s campus-wide entrepreneurial activities, we also support entrepreneurs throughout our region to help bring their products and services to market, source and employ more people, and strengthen our economy,” Dean M. Moshe Porat said. “We are again proud to receive national recognition for excellence in entrepreneurship, as we have every year since this survey began.”
In addition to a major and minor in entrepreneurship offered at Fox, undergraduate certificate programs in non-business disciplines are offered in at least six other Temple schools and colleges. There are also two graduate certificate programs in entrepreneurship.
Through the Temple Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI), housed at the Fox School, the university holds annual Innovative Idea and Be Your Own Boss Bowl business plan competitions for all students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Be Your Own Boss Bowl is one of the nation’s elite business plan competitions both for its comprehensivness and prize pool.
The Fox School and IEI also provide a range of internship opportunities, business-planning workshops, seminars, mentoring and coaching, and annual conferences in social, global, women’s and industry-specific entrepreneurship.
IEI operates Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures (MADV), the region’s largest entrepreneurship advisory and year-round venture forum program. Since 2003, approximately 250 companies have utilized MADV and raised more than $200 million in early-stage funding.
“Intensive one-on-one mentoring from IEI’s network of established entrepreneurs, small group and experiential learning, and Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures are all key drivers behind the success of all Temple entrepreneurs,” said Jaine Lucas, executive director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. “Social entrepreneurship also continues to be a focal point of Temple entrepreneurship, and the number of double-bottom-line social impact firms engaged in our program has grown significantly in the past two years.”
“Behind the top ranked schools is not only a great formal classroom experience, but a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching entrepreneurship that embraces and encourages a student’s vision to build a successful business,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher and a nationally recognized expert on college admissions.
The survey results and analysis appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur, which hit newsstands Sept. 20. The rankings are also available at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges.